While my late father was a top line welder, I have absolutely no allusions about my skills as a welder. I know the very basics. Know of the more ready used welding methods, but little more.
But there is a lot I would like to do that will go much better if I have the right equipment at hand. With that being said I don't think it would be all to practical to have multiple welding equipment for each type of process. One reason is simple, like Doc I really don't have enough room for all, and second (even better) I don't think I could afford separate equipment.
Now for the real question: A local supplier of tooling (www.northertool.com) and such has a house brand name of Klutch. Interestingly the welders are made here in Minnesota, so at least the quality will have a better level of assurance. And from what I have heard, they have long use life.
With all that said, I would like the opinions of people who REALLY know something about welding, and what they think of the machine.
http://www.northerntool.com/images/down ... /44726.pdf
I'm a welder by training, and although I've not used that exact unit I own and regularly use the Klutch inverter mig welder, and it is an absolute treat. Heat control and consistency is great, the machine is well built, with decent quality accessories, and it is lighter weight too than your basic transformer welders from hobart, miller, lincoln, etc.
Although by price it is right above the cheap Chinese imports, and just below the basic name brand welders, I'd characterize it's performance more like a high end briefcase welder. It runs rather like a fancy pants industrial unit on a lower power setting. It''s nothing like the crapular buzz boxes they compete with.